Students are called to apply for the 2022 Concurrent Engineering Challenge

Fri, 14 Jan 2022 01:11:00 GMT
ESA Education

Following the success of the previous editions of the Concurrent Engineering Challenge organised by ESA's Education Office and Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section, a new edition is scheduled from 4 to 8 April 2022*.

Four groups of up to 30 University students will participate in this Concurrent Engineering Challenge: one directly from the ESA Academy's Training and Learning Facility and the others from different Concurrent Engineering Facilities located in three European universities, respectively: EPFL, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, the University of Liège and the University of Luxembourg.

Concurrent engineering is a method of designing and developing products in the space sector.

Contrary to traditional design methods, in Concurrent Engineering, all subsystems are designed simultaneously, as specialists of all disciplines and subsystems collaborate in joint sessions conducted at in a dedicated facility.

Although concurrent engineering is a more intense process to begin with, in effect it allows mistakes to be identified earlier, therefore reducing the design time.

Through this Challenge, students complement what they are learning at university by familiarising themselves with the concurrent engineering approach and its benefits, and also learn how ESA assesses technical and financial feasibility of space missions.

Students within each small team will design their subsystem using the Concurrent Engineering approach with the objective of complying with the mission requirements and prove feasibility.

All selected students will be offered by ESA the opportunity to participate in an online tutorial of the Concurrent Model-based Engineering Tool to get familiar with the tool and get ready for the Challenge!

In parallel to this ESA's selection process, the three European universities involved in the Concurrent Engineering Challenge 2022 are organising their own student selection.

ESA Academy and relevant partners will only appraise applications from students who have no or limited professional experience in relevant engineering or space-related topics;.